I shared with you that last week I was on the set of ABC Family’s Baby Daddy and we were able to interview the entire cast, well all the main characters of Baby Daddy. One of them, Melissa Peterman who plays the mom of the baby daddy only came in that day to talk to us. Of course she also said that she loves coming into work every day because of all the eye candy. Everyone on this set is amazing to look at, even the female characters. I have to actually agree, it’s like everyone on the set has super amazing genes of beauty.
Mom – Bonnie Wheeler – Melissa Peterman.
Melissa Peterman was so fun to hang out with she is full of life and very pretty. She may be older than the other cast members on this show but she doesn’t lack any energy or comedic presence. She took so many pictures with all the mom bloggers on the set and was cracking us up. Not only though does she have the fun loving side to her but she also has the motherly side to her. She seems to take care of the cast making sure they are all doing well. She can’t help it it’s the mother inside of her…..
How does your role as a mom of a boy in real life influence your life as a mom of boys on the show?
“They would say too much, because I tend to mother them – all of them. Like, I say ‘Is that what you’re wearing? Do you have socks?’ Like, you know, Jean-Luc will go to Canada to visit home, ‘Do you have warm enough clothes?’ I’m friends with Derek and Jean-Luc’s mothers and Tahj’s mom on Facebook… I’m more like Chelsea’s older sister. Or more like, maybe, kinda fun aunt. I think it’s been very helpful. I tell them stories, about, you know, about my son. My son is also like Derek. They think he’s going to be like, 6’5″ like I… I’m not a sample size. He’s 9 years old and he’s almost 5 feet tall. So it’s fun to …it’s fun for me.”
Do you have a favorite episode?
“I do have, I have a couple favorites. I loved Ranger Roos episode where Tahj and I were auditioning for the mascot for the Rangers and we had… that was physical and that was very fun. There was one we just shot that I really like that hasn’t aired yet and it’s about… I don’t think it’s a spoiler alert… it gave me one of those heartwarming scenes that you kind of… it earns the big broad funny… you can get away with that if there’s… if you have those moments of real heart and humanity and I had a really great episode with Danny where I had lied about a birthday. And it was basically how I just wanted time with my son and it was really sweet moment and I really do cry at those moments like it’s hard for me because you do think of those. But I love those moments so that’s from this season… and any one with ‘Brad The Pad’ cause, I don’t know if you’ve seen him but Peter Porte who plays my boyfriend on- and off-again. He’s ridiculously beautiful and also just very fun so, we enjoy those weeks when he’s around.”
Baby Daddy – Ben – Jean Luc Bilodeau
Jean-Luc is the main character of Baby Daddy playing Ben, the dad that found a baby on his front porch one day. Deciding to do the right thing and raise his kid we have a comedy about an odd family dynamic that works. In real life he’s not a parent yet so working with kids is his first taste of what they are truly like. We wanted to know if it’s changed the way he feels about kids.
Has the show changed what you know or how you feel about kids?
“Oh yeah! I already liked kids to begin with, I’ve just never picked up an infant. Um, so, you know, doing this show, I think that it’s warmed me up to the idea of having a bigger family than i originally planned on… so yeah, I’m really good at holding the kids now and playing with them. So, I wanted a family, it’s… it’s good practice. Although I’ve never changed a diaper, though, so that might just change the whole thing.”
Instead of family handing off their kids to you, saying you need practice for your own family, do you find that you’re being handed kids as ‘practice’ for your TV role?
“Honestly, I think it’s…. it’s weird because I have a huge family. Aside from my immediate family, we have a huge… like 40 cousins or so and they’re all having kids so they’re not giving the kids off as practice, they’re giving them to me because they want photos… they want the Baby Daddy pose. So, um, at all the family events, I always get the responsibly of hanging out with the kids. It’s not for practice, it’s for the whole Baby Daddy.”
What do you love most ab out working on Baby Daddy?
“I think it’s because it’s a multi cam. It’s my first sitcom experience. Um, I predominately have just a single cam background, so it’s a lot of drama stuff, longer set hours and everything. Here, everyone’s super cool, you get to hear laughter – that’s something you don’t get on any other set that’s not a sitcom. So, um, and the audience every Friday is really fun. That makes it really enjoyable and the cast is awesome, too, and the food is great.”
Baby Daddy’s Brother – Danny Wheeler – Derek Theler
Derek is a genius, if his acting career ever fails he can just go be a doctor. And he would be one of those doctors that you are always wanting to go visit because he’s a tall handsome man. And the show takes advantage of his good looks by putting him on set often without his shirt. But honestly it’s not just his good looks that got him this part, he is good with the improv and ability to make people laugh.
Do you stick to the script, or do you do a lot of the improv yourself?
“It depends, um, the improv moments are usually when the audience is here and they’ve seen the same scene a couple of times and if we get it a couple of times and if we do it right, we have permission to say whatever we want or pitch new ideas, which the writers are really great about working with us on that. We usually do a take that’s just for the audience; we’ll have different characters come in out of doors and surprise the actors who are on stage. It’s fun, it’s a fun atmosphere to come and see because there’s a lot unique things that happen during the show that don’t happen on the show that you see on television.”
We asked many of the actors on set how working with babies might have changed their view on children. We started with him…..
How is it to work with the babies?
“It’s amazing, it’s great, they’re… a set of twins – two babies – playing one character. As the seasons go on, every finale to one season and premier of the next is supposed to be one week, so we have to change twins. Otherwise, our original babies are 4 1/2 years old, so we change them.
The one’s we’re using now, they’re beautiful and they’re amazing. They hit all their cues and know all their lines better than we do.
It’s funny, this episode especially, they have tricks that they have to do, like they have to burp on command and put her arms up in the air like “bring me a basket of French fries” so it’s been a little bit longer than normal waiting for the babies to hit all of their cues, so we’re a little bit behind schedule.
It is fun; it’s fun to work the babies because, you know, the audience knows they’re babies. They don’t know what they’re doing yet. They don’t know exactly what’s happening… when the live audience is here and when the babies are down there, they seem to feed off of it just as much as we do. Everyone has a good time.
Today is all about getting all of the baby coverage, getting all the babies’ scenes finished and in the can so that when the audience is here tomorrow night, they can watch them on the screens.”
Riley Perrin – Chelsea Kane
As you can see from the title of this post you can tell that I think this is a cast full of “eye candy” so the moms wanted to know how Chelsea Kane deals with working in this kind of environment…..
I feel really bad for you – it’s just a hideous looking cast. How do you deal with it everyday?
“Actually, now with the new edition of Eddie. It’s just painful. I hate the clothes and everything about it is just awful. One of my favorite… anytime that Derek walks out without his shirt on, Melissa will… ‘I’m sorry,’ like, ‘God! You’re supposed to be my son!’ But yeah, it can be a little distracting and sometimes, you know, I’ve been like a schoolgirl with Eddie here this week.
No, it doesn’t suck. It’s really great.”
Are there any ways in which you’re like your character?
“I think we’re a lot alike in which we’re a type A personality, a real go-getter, almost to the point of getting a little crazy at times. I think I’m kinda a guy’s-girl, too, you know, a little more drama-free. Especially with this show, I honestly do like hanging out with these boys a lot after work. We have a really good time together. But outside of that, I mean, definitely not a lawyer.”
Tucker Dobbs – Taj Mowry
Taj Mowry is from a family of talent and has been on television since he was like five years old. I remember seeing him on so many different shows when he was a child actor. He was on Sister Sister, Smart Guy, Who’s the Boss, and Full House just to name a few. He’s a really talented guy and hasn’t lost who he is even though he grew up on TV. He just seems like that guy that everyone gets along with and it shows on set!
There’s really good chemistry on-set, are you guys really close off-set, as well?
“Oh, yeah. Chelsea and ? were just at my house this weekend, Derek and I like going to movies – we like action movies, superhero type movies. Chelsea and I are like, brother and sister… Melissa lives like, two minutes from me. She’d beep the horn and I’d be like ‘Melissa’s here’. [laughs]
Yeah, so we’re all like, super close.”
Your whole family seems really driven. What do you think it was that your parents did that just clicked with all of you?
“I don’t know… they just made sure… they made sure that we were very grounded. They were both in the military, also, so they kept us in check; we’re all very clean, neat, OCD. So it’s good in the long road, you know?”
Us: Are you working on any other projects right now?
“Uh, yeah, I’m putting the finishing touches on my album, actually, because I’ve been wanting to do an album for a long time, I just haven’t had time. The single comes out in February and I’m releasing some free stuff online before the actual single in February like, on iTunes and stuff. The free stuff you’ll see, it’ll be on blog sites and stuff like that. When the single comes out you’ll be able to get that on like, iTunes and Amazon. It’s like sorta, um, it’s like kinda Prince-y vibe, I love Prince, I love Lenny Kravitz. So it’s sort of a mix of those two. Very funky. Kind of electronic. Very different. The first single’s called ‘Walker’.”
It was such a fun day meeting all of these great actors and hanging out with friends.
Baby Daddy premieres Wednesday January 14th 8:30/7:30 Central.